Wharf Jumping

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Wharf Jumping is an art/sport/activity involving the performance of physical manoeuvres from a platform, most commonly, but not necessary limited to, a wharf, into a body of water.

More implicitly, Wharf Jumping involves a number of environmental, physical, sociological and political processes. Creating, disturbing, challenging, learning and teaching are expressed through the body movement of the jumper, as well as through the act itself. Wharf jumping is communication and social relatedness in public space; it is a physical activity exercising agility, flexibility, strength and co-ordination; it is the political act of asserting one’s right to the sea and shore; it is the transformation of the environment between the built and the natural into a vibrant stage and event space; it is a social phenomenon involving sharing, displaying, relaxing and enjoying. It is free and inclusive, with a rich cross-cultural history in Aotearoa and around the world.